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My Life and Work


Published July 7, 2010


LibriVox recording of My Life and Work, by Henry Ford.
Read by LivelyHive.

Henry Ford profiles the events that shaped his personal philosophy, and the challenges he overcame on the road to founding the Ford Motor Company. Throughout his memoir, he stresses the importance of tangible service and physical production over relative value as judged by profits and money. He measures the worth of a business or government by the service it provides to all, not the profits in dollars it accumulates. He also makes the point that only service can provide for human needs, as opposed to laws or rules which can only prohibit specific actions and do not provide for the necessaries of life. Ford applies his reasoning to the lending system, transportation industry, international trade and interactions between labor and management. For each, he proposes solutions that maximize service and provide goods at the lowest cost and highest quality. He analyzes from a purely material viewpoint, going as far as to argue that the need for a good feeling in work environments may reflect a character flaw or weakness. However, his unflinching focus on the ultimate material products and necessities of life provide clever insights in how he created an efficient and flexible system for providing reliable transportation for the average person. (Summary by LivelyHive)



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Date 2010-07-07
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 11:34:57


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Reviewer: jdanison - - May 31, 2014
Subject: Come Back, Henry Ford
How could I get an MA in Eng Lit and never read Ford's autobiography? An extraordinary man! My mind is still reeling from hearing a captain of industry speaking of himself as a servant of society. And he practiced what he preached. $6/day was good money back then. He helped create our once thriving middle class, and the financiers & speculators he loathed have been true to character and are destroying it as I speak. They bankrupted Detroit and are doing all they can to steal the pensions of the working men Ford served! The reader is OK, a bit flat and monotonous, but doesn't get in the way of the text.
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